The gay nightclub "Pulse" in Orlando, Florida became the scene of the worst mass shooting in United States history after a gunman opened fire early Sunday night. New information released about the killer paints a conflicting picture about his personal life and what possibly drove him to carry out the massacre.

Orlando mass shooting

It was 29-year-old Omar Mateen who walked into Pulse, opened fire with a hand gun and a AR-15, and left 49 dead and 53 others injured. Mateen was born in the United States to strict Muslim parents from Afghanistan. Recent reports suggest that Mateen had frequented gay clubs, with former friends claiming he might have been a gayhimself.

Mateen's father denied that their belief in Islam had anything to do with his motive, but the elder Mateen has been caught making anti-gay remarks on more than one occasion, andpraising the Taliban while hosting a TV show. According to CNN on June 14, the FBI has now confirmed that Mateen was most likely radicalized into Islam, and acted out last Sunday morning.

The FBI had interviewed Mateen on more than one occasion, but didn't find sufficient enough evidence to take further action. FBI Director James Comey has come out to state that there are "strong indications of radicalization" by Mateen, who was influenced by " foreign terrorist organizations." Comey has gone on record saying the FBI was "highly confident" that Mateen was influenced by Islamic propaganda videos.

Mateen's computer, browser and other electric devices were analysed, and showed the shooter was consuming 'a whole hell lot of jihadist propaganda videos.' Mateen had been watching numerous ISIS propaganda and beheading videos, as well as speeches from the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The aftermath

Following the incident in Orlando, the community has rallied together to support the friends and family of the victims. President Obama will be traveling to the city on Thursday to speak the families of those involved, as yet another mass shooting has occurred in the United States.

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